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. later today, mitt romney will make what is being billed as a major foreign-policy speech at the virginia military institute in lexington, virginia. campaign advisers are positing a speech stark contrasts the president's view. what do you want the governor to talk about in his speech today? what kind of issues do you think need more attention from the candidates on the campaign trail? if you are a republican, give us a call. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for democrats, 202-585-3880. for democrats, 202-585-3880. for independents, 202-585-3882. you can also catch up with us on a all your social media platforms. twitter, facebook, and e-mail span.org.al@c- good morning to you on this october 8. we want to start with that foreign policy speech that mitt romney is getting ready to make today. here are the headlines from "the washington times." read to you a little bit from the story, "mitt romney on monday will accuse the obama administration of fundamentally misunderstanding the threat of radical islam." host: that address is coming up at 11:20 today. we want to know what you think these can
has just gotten worse. today, for example, romney gave a speech trying to sell himself as incredible commander in chief but his list of missteps is unprecedented. his disstrous british trip. he was labeled "mitt the twit," calling the operation that led to gadhafi's death a mission trip and never mind the cold war is over. maybe we wouldn't -- shouldn't be surprised that his foreign policy agenda is a mess. his team includes over a dozen former advisers to president bush. in fact, bush's defense secretary, donald rumsfeld, called romney's speef, terrific, comprehensive speech. our latest poll shows that america's people don't buy romney as commander in chief. he trails the president on that 47 to 39%. and he trails the president by 6% on foreign policy. for decades, republicans have had the edge over democrats when it comes to national security but thanks to this president's strength and romney's weakness, that trend is over. joining me now is richard wolffe, vice president and executive editor of msnbc.com and an msnbc political analyst and brian, a senior fellow at the american for
, in the cores of our interview with paul ryan, mitt romney plans a major foreign policy speech, a major critique of obama's foreign policy in the next few days, probably after the debate. how vulnerable do you think obama's foreign policy is, and how important is it for romney to go after him? >> the mantra, usama is dead, but gm lives, that was a smart thing for them to do. i think today we see things a little bit differently and it is unraveling in benghazi and the question is, why did they send susan rice out? why was it snanecessary to go o on five shows and say it was spontaneous. and they can't the fbi get into the benghazi site, and, why are we not in benghazi today? i think, president obama is enormously vulnerable on the point, because i think most americans today question whether we are going to be the world's sole superpower, five years from now or maybe three years from now but it is incumbent upon mitt romney to do the same thing in a way that netanyahu did at the u.n. with the chart. you know, the bomb and the 90% red line. he needs to tie it together. in a really visual way. what
convention and mitt romney's speech set that campaign back several weeks in my opinion. they got no bump and no bounce. in fact, they probably got a negative bounce. so tonight it is incumbent on him to do two things. one is make the big picture. he's the free enterpriser and president obama is the big government planner. and those are big differences in philosophy in government. two, romney has a tax cut plan. he has a spending cut plan. he has an energy plan. he's got to make it clear. he's got to explain to people the connection between his plans and the economic recovery that we have not yet had. that's a tall order for romney. and he's going to have to fight hard for it while the, of course is attacking him. >> you said earlier i was watching kudlow and company, you said the first impression is important. he's got to swing right away. you think he'll do that? >> that's my hunch. i've seen this before. aggressive. he's got to put this sort of line in the sand. here's what i believe. and here's what he believes. and there's a big choice in this election. he is the guy who wants redist
that and between the amount of fact checking done on romney's debate speech, i doubt very much the people will take what ryan says at face value. i think there's going to be ruthless fact checking. >> doesn't mean it's not going to be a substantive debate. >> it should be a substantive debate. i think it will be. i'm saying his reputation as a smart thoughtful guy is crumbling. >> do you think that voters will be looking for something specific at the vp debate? >> echoing what chloe said. there will be this desire for fact checking. if we hear a lot about data which is one of the challenges for thursday's debate. while everybody is interested in the economy, most of the polling shows that latino, asians, who expect to be interested in something different are seeing economy as a top issue. i think as latino and asian voters and other minority voters, what we want to hear about what does this data mean to me, to the bottom line. i'd love to see that happen in the debates. the actual voter. how is the dream going to be accessible to be. >> which is what biden does really, really well. >> you know what
republican challenger and republican presidential candidate mitt romney delivers a foreign policy speech at the virginia military institute. >> here's tonight's moderator, steve prosinski. >> good evening and welcome to tonight's u.s. senate debate by billings gazette communication. i'm steve prosinski, editor of the gazette. between denny rehberg and senator john tester a democrat. three veteran montana voters will ask questions. montana public broadcasting and c-span are broadcasting tonight's debate. yellowstone public radio are broadcasting our forum also and the gazette is streaming it live on gazette.com. each candidate will have one minute to answer a question then the other candidate we have one minute to respond. each candidate will have two minutes for a closing statement. before we go to the questions, we all ask you hold your applause until off the closing comments. we're all here to listen to them, not each other. please respect them by holding your applause until the debate has ended thank you. now to the question. we'll start with a question for senator tester. you'll ha
-up speech about mitt romney learning everything he knew about russia by watching rocky 4, and his overseas trip actually being a blooper reel and all that stuff? this this great barn burner of a very funny speech by john kerry. everybody said, afterwards, where was that john kerry when he was the guy running for president in 2004? well, that john kerry actually did show up in 2004 when he was running for president. at least he showed up for the first debate against the incumbent president that year, and in that first debate against the incumbent president, challenger john kerry cleaned the president's clock. >> i made a mistake in how i talk about the war, but the president made a mistake in invading iraq. which is worse? >> president bush and senator kerry were hard at it again today, campaigning across battleground states, continuing the spirited debate they had last night on terrorism in iraq, but this time they were not on a common stage and kerry had the kind of confidence that comes with polls and pundits agreeing that he won last night's showdown. >> did you watch that debate last n
't really know how to deal with it. is the president just going to sit over there and call romney a liar? that's not necessarily helpful. so i think what's encouraging is now the president you know, today, if you listened to his speeches, he was up there fighting back and fighting back hard. i think his team understands that this is not going to a cakewalk for the next 30 plus days. >> eliot: doug, two responses to that. first, i think the president lacked the affirmative passionate aggressive articulation of what he has done to bring us back from the precipice. his failure to do that left him playing defense the entire evening and as a consequence you're exactly right. mitt romney did etch-a-sketch his way back to the middle something he had not been doing over the course of his campaign. he became the moderate which left a gaping, yawning gap between the positions he's taken and what he articulated last night. tim, let's come back to you on the issue of the $5 trillion tax cut, most of us are viewing that as basi
hours before the debate, joe biden handed romney new ammunition in a stump speech about the republican tax plan. >> how they can
romney will deliver a foreign policy speech at the virginia military institute in lexington. then on tuesday, both candidates will be in the midwest. the president will campaign in ohio, while mitt romney will campaign in ohio. >>> meanwhile, a brand-new poll from the university of denver shows the president with a 4-point lead, taken right after the first debate. and in florida, mitt romney thanked the campaign volunteers with a pizza, they urged the people to vote and vote early. >>> meanwhile, debating the debate, still the rage inside and outside the beltway. senior adviser robert gibbs sought to take the attention off the performance, while mitt romney found parallels. >> i think you're going to see a very engaged president that is ready and willing to call out whichever mitt romney shows up. >> and you have to admit that is not the president who showed up in the first debate? >> again, i'm not going to take away from mitt's masterful, theater performance. he did a great job, everything but learning tab dance. >> romney has two advantages, first, there are two major dif
's crushing the dream and the dreamers. >> mitt romney giving a speech at the university of chicago where that kind of sentiment goes over very well on march 19th. a very, very different note he was striking than the kind of very warm words that he had for regulation in the abstract of the debate the other night. we have congressman maxine waters on the line and we're talking about this point that mitt romney had maide basically saying it is the delay in promulgating the rules of an acceptable standard mortgage that is the cause of the fact that it's hard to get a mortgage. joe, you seem to be skeptical. >> absolutely wrong. the basic thing is we all knew the direction in which these new regulations would go. those directions are we don't want the toxic mortgages that we had. we don't want the liar loans. those were the things that got us into trouble that required a government bailout. sure there's going to be some fine tuning, but the banks went back to responsible lending where they give a loan, they keep skin in the game. we all know that's the direction we want to go. that's the dire
a speech on that standpoint. but as i've read the excerpts -- and i'm curious, what would governor romney be doing right now different on iran succinctly? i hear you. i just don't know differently -- do you agree with prime minister netanyahu and declare a red line? >> so governor romney believes there have been a lot of mixed messages on iran sent over the last few years. so on the one hand, sanctions have been put in place and have an impact on the economy. on the other hand, the administration fought these sanctions for years. it was only when they were faced with strong bipartisan support for these sanctions, overwhelming bipartisan support, that the administration got on board. they were silent -- >> why? why did they take so long? >> if you look at the letters sent out to capitol hill from secretary geithner, jim steinberg, secothat sanctions w have a devastating on the u.s. economy, global economy, that the sanctions would undermine their diplomatic efforts. >> the timing of the sanctions. you all would have done it much earlier? >> if you look at the sanctions now, the news over t
of electoral math or even, perhaps, a window into mitt romney's real world view regarding the takers and the makers. it was merely an accident. a natural result of giving too many speeches on the trail. thank goodness we finally have clarity. ben smith, interesting, mitt romney clearly that was his answer if it came up during the debate and he wasn't asked about the 47% comments by the president or the president didn't bring it up. fox news did. the question is, is this thing done? are we done hearing about the 47% thing? did obama lose the most potent weapon in his arsenal? >> of course, not. i'm sure the president's campaign will find a way to bring it back in. imagine if that had been the answer he had given at the press conference that night and also imagine if this debate mitt romney had been the guy running since the spring if this pivot had come earlier, if the conservative movement allowed him to, i think a lot of people around him people he's surrounded by in boston are not hard right conservatives, they're moderates who are nervous about the conservative wing. this new char
foreign policy is unraveling before our eyes on our tv screens. bill: governor romney will give a major foreign policy speech soon after the first debate ends. the first debate ends wednesday night, as you know. martha: marshalackburn has also criticized the white house response. she'll join us on what she thinks should happen next. we are getting reports of another homicide bombing killing 14 people, two of them americans. the bomber drove into a nato patrol. doug mcelway joins us live. it was a couple weeks ago the u.s. suspended patrols with afghan soldiers because of these insider attacks. have these joint patrols resumed now? >> reporter: they have. they resumed last thursday and the insider attacks have also resumed. not only the attack you just mentioned but also the suicide bomber attack, homicide bomber attack. the motorcycle laden with explosives drove into that marketplace. critics say this attacks reflect an obama foreign policy that refuses to acknowledge the reality on the ground. u.s. marines are tying tourniquets to their legs in hopes of surviving ied attacks before the
are in the works for mitt romney to deliver a major foreign policy speech shortly after wednesday's debate. what do you think of that? you think he should do that? >> yes. i think, as i said, right after the killing, that wasn't the time to talk about this. >> right. >> now is the time, several weeks later, to talk about it. john heilemann, the lead in "the new york times," mistake in faith and security seen at libya mission before benghazi raid. response to the june bomb raised confidence in local guards. this benghazi story is an absolute mess. i think -- i've heard stuart stevens as saying let's focus on the economy. i think stuart stevens is exactly right. americans don't care as much in the polls about foreign policy. but several weeks later after this, i think it's very legitimate now that the press is going in and a couple of weeks have passed since the ambassador's death, now, yes. i mean, he's got a responsibility to talk about how badly the white house bungled this. >> i think he does. and indeed, you know, i think right now, the focus is a little misplaced. the notion that -- i think the
romney here in virginia. virginia military institute. and everything he does is ads, his speeches, his debates are going to be in the frame of here's what the last four years have been like. here's what my four years would be like. because in the ads where in ohio today, romney is saying we can't afford four more years. in doing this story, jim vandehei and i found two rising advisers within the romney camp, senator rob portman who was the stand-in for obama, who played the obama role in debate prep has become a much broader adviser, someone that the president -- someone that romney trusts. and he's given them a lot broader advice about messaging and stagecraft. earlier mika was mentioning -- mika and joe were mentioning romney's family. tag romney, the oldest son, as you guys know, very involved in the 2008 campaign. he's been less day-to-day involved in this campaign because of his business, he's been out raising money. he's taking a more assertive role. we're going to see him, both at headquarters and in messaging. so they're taking a little bit of a rising role. >> and then on the
about mitt romney has to drop his line about the 8 plus percent from his campaign speeches, how much does that hurt him? >> as i said, he's been saying 8%. the president has been promising 8%. he hasn't delivered. that's one of the main attacks governor romney has been using, he's been bringing up that number repeatedly on the campaign trail. yesterday what you saw was the governor sort of switched and talking about 11% number which is the number if everybody was still looking -- the amount of people still looking for jobs from 2008 were looking now it would would be 11. he's going to say we haven't done enough. president obama acknowledged that in his remarks saying what we've been doing month after month, we're making headway, adding jobs each month but we haven't done enough. >> susan, back to wednesday night here. there's a new report on the president's assessment of his own doe bait performance. here's what glen thrush writes in politico "at first obama didn't think his performance was a complete disaster. but he began seriously mourning by watching excerpts of his own tentative
debate between president obama and governor mitt romney. why tonight's showdown in denver may be so critical to their hopes for november. and we'll also hear from both sides. and why a fiery speech by president obama is setting off media fireworks five years later. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're counting down to the crucial first debate between barack obama and mitt romney. our live coverage begins in two hours. much more on that just ahead. but right now there's breaking news we're following. the united states is closely watching the latest developments in the middle east where the nato ally, turkey, has fired on targets inside syria after the deadly shelling of a turkish border town. cnn senior international correspondent ivan watson is joining us on the phone now from istanbul. it's not every day, ivan, that a nato ally, in this particular case turkey, is drawn into potentially another war with a neighbor, syria, what happened? >> reporter: well, in the afternoon on wednesday mo
's handling of the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. governor romney out with an op-ed in "the wall street journal" laying out what he calls his vision for the middle east. reports indicate the republican nominee will give a major speech on for return policy after the first presidential debate on wednesday night. aaron miller is former advisor to six secretary is of state and he joins us now. you advised secretaries of state who are republican, who are democrat and you've noted we've been in times and periods of tension and disconnect when it comes to the middle east before. what makes now different? >> jenna, it is a very good point and the republican, democratic thing is a good point of departure. i voted for republicans and democrats. i worked for democrats and republicans. the fact is the dividing line on these issues should not be liberal conservative, left and right, republican and democrat, it should be dumb and smart. america ought to be on the smart side. jenna: what is the smart side? >> depends own the issue. the attack on obama's foreign policy is accurate. in other resp
to change the subject from a video in which mitt romney wrote off half of the american people are circulating a video that was covered by the campaign press corps at that time. >> reporter: the speech was june 2007, more than six months before the iowa caucuses. at that point be then-senator obama was considered a long shot, now it's getting some attention. megyn? megyn: mike emanuel, thank you. so what impact, if any, will this video have on the campaign? chris stirewalt is our fox news digital politics editor and host of "power play" on foxnews.com live. chris, it's been very interesting to watch this unfold over the past, you know, 15 hours or so where it was posted on drudge, and hannity talked about it with tucker carlson of "the daily caller," who, by the way, will be here later. and tucker was making the point that he believed that the president in this speech was talking about institutional racism against black people in a way that we hadn't heard from him. i was just looking for the quote. tucker's saying the message in this speech was the federal government doesn't l
't hear an explanation? >> i guess you would say that romney spent 42 months appealing to conservatives and now he wants to spend the last months appealing to moderates and obviously he's got to change that speech. arguably the economy was in the dumps for a long time and so this is just going to force him in other directions again. >> well, joan walsh and e.j., thanks for your time tonight. both of you have a great weekend. >> and you, too, sir. >>> coming up, as e.j. just said, he takes it all back. mitt romney says he's completely wrong about calling the 47% of this country victims and moochers. is he serious? >>> and this is what it looks like for mr. romney. big bird is crashing the party and president obama continues to call the romney team out. >> now, my opponent, he's doing a lot of little -- a little tap dance at the debate the other night, trying to writiiggle out stuff he's been saying for a year. it was like dancing with the stars. >> all that plus, breaking news out of ohio tonight. a win for democracy. stay with us. you're watching "politicsnation" on msnbc. >> before the
noonan's convention speech, he became himself again, it transformed him, and he beat dukakis. this was mitt romney not trying to be the man of the people. this was mitt romney being who -- an extraordinarily successful guy throughout life. >> i have a general rule about this. warm usually beats cold in these debates. and it was very striking to me, i was watching it on my clock, that it took obama over a half an hour before he mentioned an actual individual human being. everything was abstract. in romney's first answer, he was talking about the person that he just met in milwaukee and another person he met here. romney was actually warmer than obama last night. >> and what a coincidence that he talked about meeting a person in a swing state he has to win. the stars were just lined up last night. >> toledo. >> it reminds me of the nice little cashier i met in toledo. >> yes. >> do you not think that one of the more interesting story lines today and for the next two weeks is how does the obama campaign react to what happened last night in. >> oh, absolutely. >> we're going to f
own, it makes it a lot easier, and that's what mitt romney focused on. you know, i'm not the president's speech strategist, but i am a guy who focuses on facts. and i think fundamentally when you clear away what happened last night, the facts haven't changed, which is that the romney plan in terms of its financial plan, the numbers just don't add up. there's no place to get the revenue that you need. and one of the things that soured me a bit on republicans in general is they always talk fiscal conservatism, but no republican since ronald reagan has submitted -- i mean since richard nixon has submitted a balanced budget. so you know that it won't work, and i think it's the facts and the substance that matter. >> austin, you're the former ceo of car max. in this period in which it is so clear that these two candidates are running neck to neck, and that's what the debate highlighted, is we're watching every moment to see who's going to pull forward. would this have cast a shade of uncertainty over what you do as a ceo? would you be waiting until the elections were done in order to make a
. >>> last night in an interview fr governor romney backtracked for the first time in the controversial remarks regarding the 47%. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions you say something that doesn't come out write. this says something completely wrong. i believe my life shows care about 100%. >> joinidavid, does governor ro deserve credit? he says now he was completely wrong about that statement caught on tape. >> you know, tamron, there's some things i can say to my wife that i might regret and i'll apologize and she'll accept my apolo apology. i can imagine other things she might say she's sorry and won't forgive me. in this case mitt romney said something offensive to half the country that's hard for him to take back. people felt like they got an insight into his soul. it was a private moment with people like himself. it went directly to his values. it said, i believe these people. 47% of the country don't pay income tax believe they're entitled. they are always dependent on government. that's hard to take back. he can s
's strategy was to come in and have his talk and it sounded like his convention speech but he wasn't ready to engage. but romney was ready point by point. >> you can put down the theatricals. why did obama look down the whole team? >> no. i think it got to a point you can see the anger and annoyians in his face and rather than show the annoyians he looks down. >> what do you have expect. wrom any's been pounding him for five years. >> he had to be hurt. >> the reason that he was clinching his teeth and try nothing the to react is his strategy going into this debate is do nothing to hurt your likability image. that's ace ace in the hole. >> but romney helped his likability by being tough. >> roib didn't engage more because he didn't want to be seen as beating up on romney. >> and he had to be presidential at the same time. >> mr. james layer would be. my thanks to all of you. we'll be right back here with one week from tomorrow for the vice-presidential debate. joe biden, paul ryan. thanks for being us with tonight. good night from denver. so make your case and you don't want the government
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